Florida Man Arrested, Accused of Pouring Scalding Hot Water On 2-Year-Old Girl

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A Dade City, Florida man was arrested and investigators said he poured scalding hot water on a toddler.

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jonathan Lee Howard, 26, for child neglect.

Deputies said Howard had custodial supervision of the 2-year-old girl, and while in his care she suffered 2nd-degree burns on her scalp, torso, arm, vagina, buttocks and leg.

According to the sheriff’s office, Howard admitted to pouring hot water on the child, but first told detectives she may have been burned by an exploding lighter.

Deputies said Howard did not get medical attention for the child until the day after the incident.

She was airlifted to a hospital where medical staff said her wounds were consistent with a scalding hot liquid.

Howard was booked into the Land O’ Lakes Detention Center on a $10,000 bond.

Howard’s first appearance before a judge will be Monday afternoon at 1:00.

(Original story from WFLA.com

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